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The need to carry out routine maintenance and cleaning of the Quarry Hill reservoir means Mosgiel residents are about to have their water supply temporarily switched from local bores to the Mt Grand Water Treatment plant.
The work on the reservoir involves fitting internal guttering to prevent rainwater contamination, cleaning the concrete surfaces of the reservoir itself and replacing faulty construction joint seals.
The work, which is due to start on Monday 5 October, is scheduled for completion in mid-November.
During that time Mosgiel residents will receive fully treated water from Mt Grand.
That water will contain fluoride and will be treated with chlorine, neither of which pose any health threat to consumers.
Residents wishing to avoid the smell of chlorine, which is used to kill micro-organisms, are advised to place water in an open-topped container in their fridge. Any odour should dissipate overnight.
People with tropical fish are advised not to use tap water to fill tanks without first de-chlorinating the water. Pills for this purpose are available from most pet supply stores.
Mt Grand already supplies Wingatui residents and the Taieri Industrial Estate.
The alternative water supply will not compromise NZ Fire Service protection of the area.